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World Environment Day 2017

World Environment Day 2017

 

World Environment Day (WED) is the biggest, most globally celebrated day for positive environmental action. The World Environment Day is annually commemorated on 05 June and organised around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2017 is "connecting people to nature".

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Business and Biodiversity in South Africa

Business and Biodiversity in South Africa

 

Biodiversity is no longer a remote obscure concept but a reality for many of our South African businesses. South Africa’s biodiversity provides an important basis for economic growth and development.

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Draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy for public comment

Draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy for public comment

 

The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr. Edna Molewa, has published the draft National Biodiversity Offset Policy in Government Gazette 40733 (Notice No. 276) for public comment. Members of the public are invited to submit to the Minister within 60 days after the publication of the notice in the Gazette, written representations on, or objections.

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Invitation to IPBES’ webinars to register as external reviewer

Invitation to IPBES’ webinars to register as external reviewer

 

The external review for the second order drafts of the chapters and the first order drafts of the summaries for policymakers (SPM) of the IPBES regional assessments of biodiversity and ecosystem services for Africa, Asia-Pacific and Europe and Central Asia, as well as the IPBES land degradation and restoration assessment, is well underway and will continue until 26 June 2017.

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Operation Phakisa contributes to job creation in South Africa

Operation Phakisa contributes to job creation in South Africa

 


Oceans economy is important in catalysing economic growth and boosting job creation, as part of government's Nine Point Plan. Operation Phakisa is a major initiative by government to address the triple challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality in South Africa.

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Request for previously disadvantaged individuals with access to land to register in database of biodiversity economy programme

Request for previously disadvantaged individuals with access to land to register in database of biodiversity economy programme

 

 

Previously disadvantaged individuals / communities with access to land with potential for game farming; communities with notable populations and distributions of indigenous plants, nurseries and / or processing facilities are requested to register in the database of the department.

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25 May 2017 - It is no coincidence that we debate our Budget Vote on Environmental Affairs today, Africa Day. As South Africans, we should use the opportunity to reconnect and recommit ourselves not only in support of all government interventions to build a better Africa and a better world, but also particularly to protecting and conserving our environment.


25 May 2017 - Today I present to this august House the programmes and priorities of the Department of Environmental Affairs: at a time when there is increasing global recognition that today’s economic growth and development trajectory is driven by the worldwide shift to sustainable green economies. This Budget reflects our commitment to a long-term transformative development that is economically, socially and environmentally sustainable.


23 May 2017 - Today, the Department of Environmental Affairs joins the world in commemorating World Turtle Day. There are seven (7) species of marine turtles in the world, of which five (5) have been recorded in South Africa. These are the Leatherback, Loggerhead, Green, Hawksbill and the rarely seen Olive Ridley turtles.


23 May 2017 - The Department of Environmental Affairs has once again clarified the circumstances surrounding the awarding of a license to conduct mining activity within the Mabola protected environment in Mpumalanga. The Portfolio Committee on Environmental Affairs was briefed on the issue earlier this month.


22 May 2017 - The Minister of Environmental Affairs, Dr Edna Molewa and her Deputy, Ms Barbra Thomson, will brief the media on the Department’s Budget Vote to be delivered in the National Assembly on Thursday 25 May 2017. The Minister and the Deputy Minister will deliver the Department of Environmental Affairs’ 2017/18 key priorities.